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Poem of the week: Dreamhorse by Jon Stallworthy

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A children's toy provides the sunny springboard for a canter from the past into a future shadowed with the regrets of age

This week's poem by Jon Stallworthy comes from his 2004 collection, Body Language, in which it's placed in the section called Language rather than the one called Body. Perhaps this is purposely to remind us that storytelling is what drive bodies through time, even the wooden bodies of rocking-horses. Dreamhorse follows a sequence, Skyhorse, about legendary horses, but is not part of it, although casting an oblique glance back. Here is history not as declared on the battlefield and over millennia, but history as it might be murmured by the old clock in the family kitchen.

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